Race Recap: Round #2 Kamloops // MEC Canadian National Enduro Series presented by Intense Cycles
"Workin' for the weekend" usually has a negative connotation attached to it, however, this 'weekend', embodied the ideals of giving everything up on the weekend to just have fun. Kamloops is my (the race organizer), hometown, so it's a special event for me. I get to highlight my riding scene, my friends and really welcome everyone from around the country (we had racers from QC, AB, ON, WA, BC, OR, GER, CZH, UK, NZ, AUS etc), to show them why Kamloops is likely one of the rarest riding destinations in the world and my personal favourite!
One of the keys to making this event a stand-out is the venue. I owe a huge thank-you to the family owned/operated Harper Mountain Ski Lodge. On this 'weekend', they graciously open up their lodge and property for us to camp, ride and grass slalom our way around. It really is a different atmosphere at the event when you can wake-up on Saturday and Sunday morning, fry up some bacon and roll straight onto the best trails in the Interior of BC!
The Kamloops event always surprises riders, the trails are long, with two stages surpassing the 12-15 minute mark for most riders, its no wonder there are many thrills and spills; the trails at Harper mountain are fast, loose and always throw in a bit of that tech/jank when you least expect it. Remi Gauvin was the fastest man of the day, his calm demeanour off the bike is met with an alter ego on the bike and volunteer marshals said they could hear the speed difference before they saw him. His heavy breathing and the sounds his bike made on the ground are key signs that someone fast is coming, he explodes out of every turn. For the Women, it was Jennifer McHugh, the quiet Quebecois, that has been consistently taking over the women's field, and she's likely one of the best all-around riders in that category. We can't forget to mention U15 local Johnny Helly, he was so excited to have his friends chasing him around the mountain!
To all the volunteers and locals that pitched in over the weekend, thank-you so much! For those that are yet to ride Harper Mountain, just drop what you're doing and come out, give me a call, us Kamloopsian's are known for our hospitality!TRAIL LOVE
Harper Mountain has been seeing some very interesting updates over the past few years courtesy of the managers at the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre, namely, Cheryl (and her crew) from the Bicycle Cafe Kamloops. They've truly turned Harper Mountain into a rarity for trail networks, with a beginner/intermediate jump/flow trail to a world-class climbing trail, and two massive hand-built singletracks, this riding destination is a true one-stop shop!
I'd also like to highlight Jordan Proctor, he's a trail wizard, his sight-lines, corners and capacity for absolutely smashing in trail are second to none. He was up there all spring getting things dialled, so next time you see that Black Chevy with the Roofers Ladder parked on the shuttle road, drop a couple beers in the back, guaranteed they'll magically disappear before your second lap.
For those who didn't know, at every stop of the Canadian National Enduro Series, we donate a percentage of racer registrations. For this race, racers contributed $2822 towards the clubs trail maintenance, and it gets even better, our partner MEC graciously supports our events by matching that donation up to $2000, resulting in a whopping, $4822 of cash going straight back into the dirt!
A special thanks to Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre!
Tourism Kamloops | Cafe | KPCC | KBRA | Jordan P. | Reservoir Coffee | Cookshack Cravings | RSTBC | Harper Mountain | Mostly Mental Shuttles | Red Collar Brewing | Spoke Bike and Ski | District Bicycle Co. |
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SMITH THRILLS AND SPILLS - Timed Descent
For this event's SMITH Thrills and Spills Stage, we had a Grass Slalom! Split into two events on Saturday night we put up $100 for the fastest time with two prizes of $50.00 going to the second fastest man and woman. This drew quite a showing, with athletes like Rhys Verner, Remi Gauvin, Evan Wall, Jacob Tooke, Alex Silverthorne, Angeline McKirdy, Vanessa Roeland, Milton McConville and Logan Keen just to name a few. There was a massive tie for second place, as Rhys Verner took the win for the Men.
To break the tie, we had them all go again! Jacob Tooke took the second place spot edging Remi out by two seconds. I think Remi let his fellow SMITH teammate off easy, as it was the young-guns birthday. Nah, let's face it, the Canadian Enduro Development Team has been practising grass corners for the last two seasons in preparation for this moment!
During the race on Sunday, we had a second challenge on the grass slalom, you had to find a partner and subtract your grass slalom times. Closest to zero wins! There were quite a few zeroes so we gave the prize to the slowest of the crew!
These events are more than just racing, it's about having an adventure with your crew and in some cases, winning some sweet, sweet, prizing!You can find the full results here.
If you're looking for photos, we had the pleasure of having James Cattanach, Sam Egan and Jackson Parker onsite, you can view their photos here on Pinkbike
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